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The Importance of Raising Children in Accordance with Islamic Principles

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) once said, “Paradise lies at the feet of your mother.” This Hadith alone should be enough to illustrate the importance of raising children according to Islamic principles. It is the duty of parents to instill in their children a firm foundation of faith, moral values, and Islamic traditions. Today, the world faces numerous challenges to the universal values and principles that underpin Islam. In such a society, it is more important than ever to raise our children with a strong understanding of their religion and the world around them.

Seven Important Quranic Verses on Raising Children

  1. And [remember] when We took a pledge from the children of Adam, [making them swear] that they should worship none but Allah and be good-doers, and [asking them] to lower their gaze and guard their chastity. Surely, Allah has right over whatever is in the heavens and on earth, and Allah is Knowing of all things.
  2. O ye who believe! Save yourselves and your families from a Fire whose fuel is men and stones, over which are appointed angels stern (and) severe, who flinch not (from executing) the commands they receive from Allah, but do (them) faithfully.
  3. As to the righteous, they will have a delight (Kauser) (or a reward, or a profit) from Allah and from the righteous men and women and from the Believers that they reared in (right) faith.
  4. And when the prayer is finished, then [come with] the offering, and [pray] to Allah [alone], and [serve] the parents. Surely, [this] Is a duty upon the righteous.
  5. O ye who believe! Let your slaves and slave-girls, and such as have joined stanze to your households, or whom your right hands possess, ask leave of their Lord and (of) you, [always], before the prayer. This is proper for Allah, more so. And Allah is Informed of what ye do.
  6. But those [slaves] whom their parents fear [lest] they should hamstring [them] from prayer and from [giving] Zakat, and financially straitened [should be] fed in [such a] way as [may suffice for] an act of charity. If they reach maturity, let them [also] be informed [of the obligatory duties] and let the acts of charity they have given go in their favour. And let them be reminded [kindly]: for truly those, who beguile others of Allah’s signs, they shall have a grievous penalty;
  7. Allah commands justice and the doing of good and giving to kinsfolk. And He forbids indecency and transgression and wickedness. He admonishes you that in order that you may take heed.

The Role of Parents in the Islamic Upbringing of Children

The parental role in a child’s upbringing is fundamental to their development into responsible and productive members of society. As Muslims, we are guided by the principles of Islamic tradition concerning the education and upbringing of our children. Islam emphasizes the importance of raising children in a secure and nurturing environment, instilling in them Islamic values, and fostering their individuality in a balanced and loving way.

Disciplining Children: Islamic Perspective

Discipline is essential in a child’s upbringing. It helps them learn self-control, obedience, and respect for authority. In Islam, discipline is viewed as an integral part of parental responsibility, but it must be carried out in a manner that is mindful of the child’s age, stage of development, and unique psychological makeup. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) emphasized the importance of guiding children through kindness, understanding, and patience.

Parental Care and Affection: A Central Quranic Concept for Raising Children

The concept of parental care and affection is central to the Islamic upbringing of children. As stated in the Quran, loving and caring parents are a blessing from Allah. Children learn from their parents’ examples and develop behaviors that are a reflection of the environment in which they grow. Therefore, parents must strive to model Islamic values, virtues, and attitudes in their interactions with their children, and demonstrate kindness, compassion, and forgiveness.

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